Annual Reports and Strategies

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Key City of Launceston plans, reports, strategies and policies are available in this section. If you would like to request access to another document, please contact us

Plans and Reports

Greater Launceston Plan

The Greater Launceston Plan (GLP) is a comprehensive outline of the social, economic and environmental status of our municipality and surrounding areas. 

The GLP examines trends and how we can capitalise on our strengths and address challenges. The community's vision and aspirations for the greater Launceston area by 2035 is also set out in the GLP. See Major Projects for more information and associated documents. 

 

Strategic Plan

The City of Launceston's Strategic Plan(PDF, 2MB) has been designed to provide direction for the Council as the major provider of services and facilities in Northern Tasmania. 

 

Annual Plan

An important part of Council's planning process is its Annual Plan.(PDF, 28MB)

The Annual Plan details the major actions the Council will undertake in a financial year to work towards achieving the strategies outlined in the Council's ten year Strategic Plan. The plan is released annually at the beginning of the financial year and the Council reports on progress against the Annual Plan every quarter.

 

Annual Report

The Council's Annual Report profiles the Launceston region and Council.

It also identifies the Council's objectives for the financial year as established in its Annual Plan and in line with the Greater Launceston Plan. Council's performance in accordance with those objectives is monitored and reported to demonstrate commitment to openness, accuracy transparency.

Our Annual Report aims to satisfy our statutory responsibilities under the Local Government Act 1993 and other legislation.  

Download the City of Launceston Annual Report here,(PDF, 6MB) or to view the QVMAG Annual Report click here.(PDF, 16MB)

 

Flood Authority Report

 

Long Term Financial Plan

This document represents a key element of the City of Launceston's Strategic Planning Framework.

The Long Term Financial Plan sets out Council's objectives, goals, and operating requirements in financial terms.

 

Strategic Asset Management Plan

This document represents a key element of the City of Launceston's Strategic Planning Framework.

The Strategic Asset Management Plan outlines the quantity and quality of the assets owned and managed by Council, and forecasts the funding required to maintain, renew and re-invest in this portfolio.

 

 

Past Reports

  • 2019/20 Annual Plan
  • 2017/18 City of Launceston Annual Report(PDF, 7MB)
  • 2017/18 QVMAG Annual Report(PDF, 3MB)
  • 2018/19 Annual Plan(PDF, 1011KB)
  • 2017/18 Annual Plan(PDF, 1MB)
  • 2016/17 Annual Report(PDF, 8MB)
  • 2016/17 Launceston Flood Authority Annual Report(PDF, 2MB)
  • 2015/16 Annual Report(PDF, 4MB)
  • 2014/15 Main Report(PDF, 6MB)
  • 2014/15 Financials(PDF, 953KB)
  • 2013/14 Main Report(PDF, 3MB)
  • 2013/14 Financials(PDF, 1MB)
  • 2012/13 Main Report (PDF, 4MB)
  • 2012/13 Financials(PDF, 724KB)
  • York Park Inveresk Precinct Authority
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    2018 End of Term Report 

    The City of Launceston has released its first End of Term report ahead of the new Council taking office in early November. City of Launceston General Manager Michael Stretton said the purpose of the report was to acknowledge and objectively comment on the Council's progress against the strategic goals set down by the current aldermen in 2014.

    "This report summarises the achievements of our organisation, under the leadership of our outgoing Aldermen, over the past four years," Mr Stretton said.

    "It will also set the scene, strategically, that will inform and influence the incoming Council as they commence their four-year term.

    "The past four years have delivered much to be proud of, with economic development and growth experienced at levels not seen in the municipal area in living memory.

    "And much of this activity stems from the historic signing of the Launceston City Deal - signed by three levels of government last year - which is underpinned by the $260 million relocation of the University of Tasmania’s inner-city campus to Inveresk."

    Mr Stretton said the Council's strategic goals - adopted by the Council on November 24, 2014 - were based on eight principals:

    • A creative and innovative city
    • A city where people choose to live
    • A city in touch with its region
    • A diverse and welcoming city
    • A city that values its environment
    • A city building its future
    • A city that stimulates economic activity and vibrancy
    • A secure, accountable and responsive council

    Mr Stretton said the report featured a number of positive outcomes based on those goals, including an overall net increase in employment in the municipality, a continuing trend of decreasing crime and improved safety levels, a decrease in the Council's carbon emissions, as well as the delivery of a number of key projects in the municipality that has added value in terms of social benefits to the community.

    "Also, the Council is in a strong financial situation, with our four-year underlying surplus averaging $1.6 million. As an organisation, we're certainly living within our means, which bodes well for the long-term financial viability of the City of Launceston," Mr Stretton said.

    Mr Stretton said that while the previous Council had laid the foundations for a bright future for the City, there was still plenty of work to accomplish for hte incoming Council to continue the positive momentum.

    "There are a number of key issues that, as a Council, we will need to remain focussed upon, such as our Long-Term Finance Plan, a new four-year delivery plan, the continuation of the City Deal Agreement, and the recently announced Tamar River Health Action Plan - a $95 million commitment from all three tiers of government - as well as TasWater, the Hydro and NRM North, to improve the health of the Tamar River," Mr Stretton said.

    "Finally, I would like to acknowledge the outgoing Council for their commitment to driving Launceston forward into a new and exciting era and their contribution to the City and its ratepayers over the past four years."

    The End of Term report is available to view on the Council's website here(PDF, 6MB)(PDF, 6MB) .

    Strategy

    Towards A Cultural Strategy for Launceston

    City of Launceston Cultural Strategy Draft

     

    At its ordinary council meeting on Thursday, March 6, the City of Launceston voted to release the draft of its Cultural Strategy for community consultation.

    The strategy is designed to lay out a path forward for Launceston to maximise its unique cultural opportunities, and to identify what strengths and weaknesses we have in this space.

    The draft strategy was informed by a body of work undertaken in 2017 by Robin Archer AO - Towards A Cultural Strategy for Launceston.

    That document evolved from interviews with Launceston, Tasmanian and national members of the arts and culture community, as well as from Ms Archer's extensive experience in and understanding of arts and culture.

    In her document, Archer makes a number of recommendations - many of which have been addressed previously and through the draft cultural strategy. Of most note in the report was the proposal to bring the QVMAG back to one site.

    Following that recommendation, the City of Launceston commissioned a business case, which effectively ruled out moving from a two-site model back to a single site based on the significant economic impact of such a proposal.

    View Towards a Cultural Strategy for Launceston here(PDF, 2MB)

    Launceston Parking and Sustainable Transport Strategy

    This study reviews the current objectives and planning regulations relating to parking and sustainable modes of transport within Launceston’s Central Activities District which includes the CBD.

    Launceston Parking and Sustainable Transport Strategy(PDF, 11MB)(PDF, 11MB)

     

    Launceston Residential Strategy

    This strategy provides the way forward for housing in the Launceston municipality for the next 20 years and beyond. It has been developed as an integral part of the review of the Launceston Planning Scheme 1996, and has been informed by the public consultation process undertaken as a central component of that review.

    Launceston Residential Strategy(PDF, 18MB)(PDF, 18MB)

     

    Launceston Industrial Strategy

    This document sets out the strategic directions for industrial development in the Launceston municipality for the next 20 years. It has been developed as part of a review of the Launceston Planning Scheme 1996. 

    Launceston Industrial Strategy(PDF, 28MB) (PDF, 28MB)

     

    Economic Development Strategy - Horizon 2021

    This strategy provides the framework and directions to facilitate and promote Launceston’s economic development over the next five years.  The strategy’s focus is on the mutually-reinforcing and complementary relationship between improvements in economic activity, community wellbeing, cultural diversity, a sense of ‘place’ and the environment.

    Economic Development Strategy - Horizon 2021(PDF, 2MB)(PDF, 2MB)

     

    Political Advertising on Council Facilities

    This policy ensures a consistent and equitable treatment of signage by elected political members erected in Council controlled properties or reserves.

    Political Advertising on Council Facilities Policy(PDF, 20KB)(PDF, 20KB)

     

    Public Spaces Public Life 2011

    In 2010, Council commissioned world renowned urban design consultants, Gehl Architects, to undertake a Public Spaces Public Life study in Launceston. The report was launched in 2011 and centres on people’s experiences in the city, with the knowledge that improving these experiences can lead to significant benefits for the whole community. The recommendations set out in this document have been influential in the development of the Launceston City Heart project and continue to inspire a positive future for Launceston.

    Public Spaces Public Life 2011(PDF, 91MB)(PDF, 91MB)